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Kamara scores for both sides as Red Bulls earn road draw vs. Sporting Kansas City

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The New York Red Bulls went into Livestrong Sporting Park hoping to pull off an upset and grab first place in the Eastern Conference back from Sporting Kansas City.

They fell short of that goal, but still came away with a result that keeps them very much in position to potentially catching Sporting KC further down the road.

Brazil 1-2 Mexico – Match Recap – Olympics – 11 August 2012

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Mexico won their first ever Gold Medal the Olympics (soccer tournament) by defeating favorites Brazil 2-1 at Wembley Stadium. Brazil were the favorites with a talented squad worth millions in transfer fees but could never recover from a slow start.

Mexico's Oribe Peralta gave his side a 1-0 lead with a goal in the first minute.

Sporting K.C. Ends Seattle’s Hold on U.S. Open Cup

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Sporting K.C. midfielder Paulo Nagamura converted a controversial second chance at his club's final penalty to help break Seattle's three-year grip on the U.S. Open Cup win a 1-1 win (3-2 on penalties) in Wednesday's final at LIVESTRONG Sporting Park.

Nagamura, whose first attempt was stopped by Michael Gspurning on the right post, was handed a do-over by the referee after it was ruled that Seattle's keeper came off his line early.

Recent play leaves Heaps frustrated

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Following a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Sporting KC on Saturday night, Revolution head coach Jay Heaps did not hold back when voicing his thoughts on his clubs effort and recent play.

The loss extended the Revs winless streak to five games (0-4-1), and was also the eighth time this season the Revs were held scoreless.

Sporting KC downs Union to advance to U.S. Open Cup final

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By JOEY SAMUEL

CHESTER, Pa. -- With a chance to host the US Open Cup final on the line, Sporting Kansas City rose to the occasion and did what they had to do.

Sporting KC posted a 2-0 win over the Philadelphia Union in their Open Cup semifinal at PPL Park on Wednesday night, earning the right to host the 2012 US Open Cup Final at Livestrong Sporting Park against the winner of Wednesday night's semifinal between the Seattle Sounders and Chivas USA.

Spain Advance To Euros Final On Penalties

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Spain remain on course to become the first country to win three titles in succession after they beat Portugal 4-2 on penalties last night after a drab 0-0 semi-final.

The World Cup holders will defend their Euro title against Germany or Italy on Sunday after a dramatic penalty shootout triumph over Portugal.

Spain Beats Portugal On Penalties

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Spain remain on course to become the first country to win three titles in succession after they beat Portugal 4-2 on penalties last night after a drab 0-0 semi-final.

The World Cup holders will defend their Euro title against Germany or Italy on Sunday after a dramatic penalty shootout triumph over Portugal.

Pheonix Grab Last-Gasp Win

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The GPS Portland Phoenix came out on top of the Western Mass Pioneers, 3-2, in a game with more twists than a Hollywood drama on Sunday afternoon at Deering High School's Memorial Field in Portland.

The Pioneers (3-3-5, 14 points), fresh off an upset win over the then first place Ottawa Fury on Saturday night, looked ready to continue their run of good form against the Phoenix (7-3-1, 22 points), who needed a win to take over first.

New England Revolution

Player Ratings: New England Revolution at Columbus Crew

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After each match the contributors to New England Soccer Today will rate the performances of the New England Revolution players who made an appearance on a 1 to 10 scale (1 horrendous, 5 average, 10 perfection). This week Sean Donahue and Brian O'Connell contributed ratings for the New England Revolution's 4-3 loss to the Columbus Crew.

Revolution Transfers 2012: Shalrie Joseph Traded to Chivas USA

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The New England Revolution have traded club captain and longtime loyal soldier Shalrie Joseph to Chivas USA in exchange for Blair Gavin, the Goats' natural second-round pick in the 2013 SuperDraft, and allocation money. Joseph, one of the Revs' two designated players, leaves New England for the first time since his professional career began.

Seattle Sounders

Koffie, Camara, Bernardez suspended by MLS Disciplinary Committee

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The MLS Disciplinary Committee had plenty of incidents to sift through from this past week, and three more players have received bans for harsh fouls.

Vancouver Whitecaps midfielder Gershon Koffie, Montreal Impact defender Hassoun Camara and San Jose Earthquakes defender Victor Bernardez were all suspended for a game and fined an undisclosed amount for their actions.

Sounders Crush Galaxy, Send Notice

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MLS teams on the East Coast, and those on the West that didn't pay attention, just received notice. This isn't last years Sounders, or the year before, or the year before. This is a new Seattle. A Seattle of power. A Seattle of opportunity. A Seattle of staunch defense. A Sounders of blue and green and shiny things.

Sounders Draw Revolution 2-2 | Highlights, Stats, Quotes

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A draw that feels like a loss isn't common in Seattle Sounders history. Especially not after last year's last minute heroics. This isn't last year. In 2012 the Sounders are -3 during the final 15 minutes of play. Not only did they give up that last goal to tie, when Seattle gives up the first goal in an MLS game they are now 0-5-4.

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Union Freekicks - Friday, August 17th

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Hackworth delighted to secure Cruz

After coaching Cruz with the U-17's Hackworth knows what he will get out of Cruz, and he is excited.

Union acquire Danny Cruz

Philadelphia trad Pajoy and an International spot to D.C. for Cruz.

Okugo making Union's roster decisions tougher

Okugo's stellar play in the back might make it hard for coach Hackworth to choose his defenders when Valdes gets back.

E.P. Wins 2-0 Over Taunton Sports

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East Providence Sports found two goals from Jimmy Hernandez in Sunday's 2-0 win over Taunton Sports at Riverside Rec Park.

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. Jimmy Hernandez grabbed a brace for the hosts and Jimmi Underhill earned his first clean sheet of the season in East Providence's 2-0 win over Taunton Sports in LUSA League action on Sunday.

Height Discrimination In Football: Are Referees Biased Against The Taller Lads?

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Next time you see Peter Crouch complaining about a referee's call, you may want to consider these findings from a study by two Dutch academics. Though a couple of years old, it's one of the more interesting pieces of academic research I have come across recently. In a study titled "How embodied cognitions affect judgments: Height-related attribution bias in football foul calls" the authors (van Quaquebeke and Giessner) examine the decisions referees make – in particular the kinds of biased decisions they can make unconsciously.

Not Pretty But We'll Take It

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Last night in Montreal wasn't the prettiest game that KC has ever played, on the other hand it wasn't the worst one either. KC played poorly in the first half, performed better in the second half, and for the first time in what seems like a long while, KC got some close calls to actually go their way as referee Sorin Stoica gave KC two PKs for fouls in the box by the Impact.

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NASL Week 19 Recap

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Article by Doak Gips

Huh. Where did all the goals go? Did the heat wave finally get to everyone? Did every team suddenly start signing better defensive players(Hint: No)? To put this into perspective, more goals were scored in ONE game last week than were scored by all the teams this week, which even included an extra midweek game!

Weekend of Comebacks for the Harrisburg City Islanders

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The Harrisburg City Islanders traveled to Pittsburgh to face their rivals, the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, in the first game of their two game weekend.

Luckymore Mkosana kicked off the scoring for the City Islanders in the 18th minute of the match. Brian Ombiji received a slicing through ball from Jason Pelletier and after taking a few touches, Ombiji thread the ball though the box to Mkosana at the top of the 18.

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United States Women vs Canada Olympics Semifinal- Gamethread

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The US Women face Canada in the Semi Finals of the 2012 London Olympics today at 11:45 AM Pacifc on NBC Sports Network (Comcast 626, 603 on DirectTV). The United States has come under scrutiny for the Canadian's claim that their set piece defense is illegal, which is just a precursor to the excuses issued for yet another Canadian loss to the US.

Revolution 1, Union 2: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

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After every match this season, the staff here at The Bent Musket will be putting together player ratings. Ratings are on a 1-10 scale, with 5 representing a thoroughly average performance, and 6 a decent/capable showing. The final ratings will be averages of individual ratings from Corey Major, Matty Jollie, Abram Chamberlain, and Brendan Schimmel.

Americans Abroad: Weekend Rewind

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By FRANCO PANIZO

DaMarcus Beasley had one of the better performances this weekend, but even he endured a bit of a topsy-turvy outing in a subpar weekend for the Americans Abroad.

Playing a week after suffering an injury, Beasley started and went the distance in Puebla's 3-1 defeat to Toluca on Sunday.

Recap: Timbers U23s Come Out Strong, Hold Off Late Push

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Timbers U23s GK Spencer Richey faced little pressure in the first half, but had to hold off a late push from Washington Crossfire. Photo by Jeremiah Mitchell Braeback.

CAMAS, WASHINGTON - The Portland Timbers U23s (9-3-2, 29pts.) knew they needed to come out and take control early, and that's exactly what they did.

Euro 2012

Van Persie’s Euro 2012 performance could be blessing in disguise for Arsenal

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There's no doubt that Arsenal striker Robin van Persie didn't live up to most people's expectations at Euro 2012. In fact, nobody on the Dutch team had a performance they could write home about. But he certainly isn't the first football star to have a mediocre major tournament and he definitely won't be the last.

Euro 2012: Group A: Poland left as bystanders as Czechs prevail, 1-0

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Petr Jiracek's 72nd minute winner leaves Poland as hosts uninvited to their own party. Who are they going to support now? An educated guess will be Germany with a number of players of Polish origin including Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose.

It all happened when Tomas Hubschmann robbed the ball from the Poles well beyond midfield before sending Milan Baros showing the legs of a 22 year old racing ahead.

Extra Officials or Technology?

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A Euro 2012 Goal Line Official In Position

I know it's heresy but I'm really liking the concept of the extra goal line officials in #Euro2012, because they are clearly doing more than just goal line watching and provide an extra set of eyes close by for fouls in the penalty area. Too expensive for youth matches below, say, State Cup play.

EURO-2012 Officiating: Contrasting Styles (from Ed)

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We have seen several different styles of referees in the opening weekend of the Euro 2012 tournament. In the first match, the referee, Velasco Carballo of Spain, called a lot of minor fouls early on and then sent off a...

Euro 2012: Group A: Refereeing decisions blemish 1-1 tie between Poland and Greece

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Remember the name Carlos Velasco Carballo. The referee responsible for ending Sokratis Papastathopoulos's further participation for two ridiculous called fouls as Greece went a man down in the first half. Caraballo is obviously not a disciple of the Socratic method; more likely shock and erratic, best describes his style of officiating.

Euro 2012: Poland 1-1 Greece – Goals, Red Cards & A Penalty Miss As Euro Opener Explodes Into Life (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

With both sides neither scoring many or conceding a lot in the run up to the tournament, you could have been forgiven for not expecting too much in the way of drama as co-hosts Poland faced Greece in the Euro 2012 (Group A) opener. But how wrong you'd have been you big eejit!

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Jamaica 2, USA 1: The States Now Must Spliff The Difference

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Look everyone has a rough day at The Office now and then. (Ouch...)

With Jamaica riding two free kicks to victory Friday night in the Caribbean, it's up to the USA to author their own Redemption Song Tuesday in Columbus. The arrangement tonight was sour for the States to the tune of a 2-1 loss to the Reggae Boyz who celebrated their country's national independence by liberating Jamaica from its winless streak against the visitors.

Brown Edges URI in Season Opener

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Thomas McNamara converted a 23rd minute penalty to lift 24th-ranked Brown to a 1-0 victory over Rhode Island in the Bears' season opener at Stevenson Field.

The senior midfielder, who also collected a team-high four shots on the night, put it past Adam Blanchard from the spot while Brown's defense did the rest in the first game of the Ocean State Classic.

The refs and Newcastle, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United, Manchester City and Arsenal

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By Walter Broeckx

Did the big decisions go against Newcastle last season?

As you all should now by now it is important to get the big decisions going in your favour. But it also is important to get the small fouls on the field in your favour. Because that is the way you can have [...

El Salvador howler gifts Mexico win in World Cup qualification

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Mexico marched a step closer to World Cup 2014 qualification as they ran out 2-1 winners over El Salvador.

The first half was a tight affair with plenty of fouls as both teams vied for possession.
Mexico's only scoring opportunity came in the 20th minute when Pablo Barrera burst through the Salvadoran defence, but his shot was deflected wide.